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London's towering inferno, what we know

Press Association logoPress Association 14/06/2017 Alexander Britton

THE LONDON HIGH RISE APARTMENT FIRE

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

* The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the number of fatalities as six but warned the total is expected to rise.

* NHS England said 74 people are being treated in six hospitals across the capital, of whom 20 are in critical care.

* Crews were first called to the scene in Latimer Road at 12.54am on Wednesday.

* The cause of the fire is not yet known.

* More than forty appliances containing more than 200 firefighters attended the scene, with a number receiving minor injuries.

* Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people and is 24 storeys high.

* The building was refurbished recently at a cost of STG8.6 million ($A14.4 million), with work completed in May last year.

* London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire had been declared a "major incident" and there would be a "great many questions" asked over the coming days.

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